Japan’s top clothing retailer UNIQLO appears to be facing competition from a gleefully Simmonsing competitor, UN!PRO.
Those whose immediate thought on seeing this is “China!” are actually incorrect for once (although China would actually have to claim this dubious ingenuity as their own) – the shop was spotted in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, where Japanese culture is high chic, but mainland style approaches to copyright were supposed to be extinct.
A normal store in Chiba, one of 700 in Japan:
Another in Paris:
With nearly 50 stores in China and another 12 in Hong Kong, 40 in Korea, and yet more in the UK, Singapore and beyond, UNIQLO (“unique clothing”) is a fast expanding international brand, but it seems Taiwanese local entrepreneurs decided they just couldn’t wait any longer…